Estimating Loading Above and Below Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Combined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in the Genesee River Watershed

Science Center Objects

The current information available for the Genesee River and watershed is insufficient to assess if the Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) delisting criteria for the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern (AOC) can or have been met. With on-going and future projects that are implementing best practices to control soil erosion and the reduction of nutrients that reach the Rochester Embayment, the river...

The current information available for the Genesee River and watershed is insufficient to assess if the Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI) delisting criteria for the Rochester Embayment Area of Concern (AOC) can or have been met. With on-going and future projects that are implementing best practices to control soil erosion and the reduction of nutrients that reach the Rochester Embayment, the river and the watershed, it becomes a necessity to:  1.) collect more frequent Total Suspended Sediment (TSS) data for the Genesee River both within and outside of the AOC; and 2.) to have a study design capable of evaluating the impact/success of the current and proposed GLRI projects in the watershed. This project is envisioned as a two-year pilot for the Genesee River, with potentially wider applications in the Lake Ontario basin and other Great Lake areas. - EPA QAPP

Site Selections in the Genesee River Basin in cooperation with the Great Lakes

Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and the Beneficial Use Impairment Delisting Study

 

 

 

 

 

Drainage

Dist. To Mouth

ID

Name

Lat.

Long.

 

mi2

mi

04223000

Genesee River at Portageville, NY

423413.0

780232.0

83

984

89.8

04227500

Genesse River nr Mount Morris, NY

424600.0

775020.0

83

1424

63

04231600

Genesee River at Ford St Bridge, Rochester, NY

430830.2

773658.7

83

2474

9.5

04232007

Genesee River at Genesee Docks at Rochester, NY

431350.1

773659.5

84

2490

0.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04230380

Oatka Creek at Warsaw, NY

424439.0

780815.0

83

39.1

48.9

04230400

Oatka Creek at Pearl Creek, NY

425054.0

780337.0

27

78.4

34.4

04230431

Oatka Creek Upstream of Le Roy, NY

425728.5

780125.4

84

127

22.3

04230500

Oatka Creek at Garbutt, NY

430036.0

774729.0

83

200

4.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

04230055

Honeoye Creek at West Rush, NY

425842.0

774153.0

27

265

2

04229500

Honeoye Creek at Honeoye Falls, NY

425726.0

773520.0

83

196

15.3

Figure 1. (mi2--square miles; NA--not available; 27--NAD27; 84--WGS 84; 83--NAD 1983)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2, New York Department of Conservation (NYSDEC), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Monroe County, and a group of Citizen Scientists is conducting an ongoing program to sample 10 locations in the Genesee River basin , including the Genesee River and in two watersheds in the basin (Oatka and Honeoye Creeks) . Samples for Total Suspended Solids (TSS), turbidity, Total Phosphorus (TP), Soluble Reactive Phosphorous (SRP), along with a habitat assessment are being collected at the following sites in Figure 1. The site selection is based on the existing USGS gage network and NRCS Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) sites that were designed for agricultural producers actively using their lands for agricultural production and aims to utilize those EQIP sites that are within reasonable proximity of existing USGS gaging stations. The sampling locations are both within the Rochester AOC as well as outside of it, to allow an effective assessment of sources for the BUI evaluation within up-stream watersheds. The preliminary results will be reviewed after six months, to one year, after the start of the project and site selections adjusted if necessary. A full analysis and justification will be provided to all project partners; any modifications after the 2-year pilot will be based on a consensus opinion and captured in a revision of the Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP).

Samples are collected monthly and annually during at least three high-flow events. High-flow is determined by a rise in the hydrograph of more than 40 percent above baseflow and has been established at each of the 10 sites. NYSDEC Region 9 field personnel and trained volunteers will collect a sample for TSS, turbidity, TP and Dissolved Orthophosphate (Soluble Reactive Phosphorus, SRP). Samples will be shipped to a NYSDEC designated contract laboratory for analysis. Volunteers will also perform a habitat assessment. The USGS is conducting training of all participants using methods designed by the USGS. The USGS will conduct follow-up or re-training as needed if the study continues from the pilot stage. Additionally, the USGS is collecting quarterly side-by-side water-quality samples with DEC personnel and volunteers as part of the quality-assurance protocol.

The laboratory manages data internally according to laboratory's compliance with the requirements of the NYSDEC ASP/PAP.  Data can be downloaded at the STORET Data Warehouse which features Watershed summaries and the MyWATERS Mapper for water quality assessments. . Data can be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/STORET/dbtop.html.

Project
Location by County

Monroe County, NY, Genesee County, NY, Allegany County, NY, Steuben County, NY, Livingston County, NY, Ontario County, NY